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Parliamentary questions
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28 April 2016
E-003453-16
Question for written answer E-003453-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (ENF)

 Subject:  Transport of farm animals to Turkey
 Answer in writing 

Following a five-year study, a number of animal organisations have published a shock video showing the horrific conditions in which thousands of animals are being transported.

Between 2010 and 2014, 1.5 million sheep and cows were exported to Turkey from all over the EU. In 2015, 80 000 French cows were sent to Turkey to be fattened up or slaughtered, making France the EU’s biggest exporter.

The investigation showed that those animals sometimes travel 4 000 km without eating or drinking. What is worse, many transporters do not comply with Regulation (EC) No 1/2005, which requires them to let the animals out at regular intervals so that they can rest. Of the 38 trucks inspected in 2015, 89% broke the rules.

In April 2015, the European Court of Justice confirmed that the rules apply beyond the borders of the EU.

1. Is the Commission aware of the study carried out by the Compassion in World Farming organisation and other organisations?

2. How can it make sure that its rules are being complied with and monitor the transport of living animals more closely?

Original language of question: FR 
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